I'm very pleased to announce that I will be leading a course on "The history of the Borgias" over on medievalcourses.com and it will be starting very soon! Keep an eye out for more information over on medievalcourses, their facebook page and of course right here on the blog!
Due to a bit of writers block I thought I would share a post I did a while ago, all about my trip to the Borgia apartments at the Vatican.The Disputation of St Catherine - PinturicchioAfter Rodrigo Borgia became Pope in 1492, he planned a whole new set of rooms for his personal use. These... Continue Reading →
As I mentioned in my review yesterday, G.J Meyer has presented some very interesting arguments over the paternity of Cesare, Lucrezia and Juan Borgia. It has long been accepted that Rodrigo Borgia, Pope Alexander VI, was their father and legitimised them after he became Pope. However, it seems that logic says something different - although... Continue Reading →
They burst out of obscurity in Spain not only to capture the great prize of the papacy, but to do so twice. Throughout a tumultuous half-century—as popes, statesmen, warriors, lovers, and breathtakingly ambitious political adventurers—they held centre stage in the glorious and blood-drenched pageant known to us as the Italian Renaissance, standing at the epicentre... Continue Reading →
The Disputation of St Catherine - PinturicchioAfter Rodrigo Borgia became Pope in 1492, he planned a whole new set of rooms for his personal use. These rooms still exist today, and in them survive a fascinating insight into the Borgia mindset. The walls are covered in frescoes of the Borgia bull, and the entire set... Continue Reading →